B.C. premier seeks legal advice on travel ban

Premier John Horgan stands at a wooden podium during a press conference with BC flags and a blue curtain behind him
BC Premier John Horgan Photo Don Craig, Government of British Columbia
Lisa Cordasco - CHLY - NanaimoBC | 14-01-2021

The premier of British Columbia says he's getting legal advice on whether the province can close its borders to travellers.  John Horgan says he's been hearing from British Columbians who are concerned about the number of out-of-province visitors at vacation locations like Whistler, while locals are making sacrifices by staying at home during the pandemic.  Horgan says the province has resisted calls to close its borders because Canadians have the right to travel freely within their own country.  However, he says cabinet will be consulting with lawyers this week, on whether an inter-provincial travel ban would be a violation of Canada's Charter of Rights.



The premier says the discussion will be part of a two-day virtual cabinet retreat that begins tomorrow.  Horgan says other items on the agenda will include more initiatives related to the overdose crisis, affordable housing and daycare.

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